Re: turning off harddisk and listen music from ramdisk under Linux

From: Rob
Date: Sun Nov 02 2003 - 16:29:56 EST

for overall project assistance:

for turning off hard drive after a song load:

hdparm -Y /dev/hdX

for a ramdisk:

mount -t tmpfs none /mnt/ramdisk

or add this to /etc/fstab:

none /tmp/jack tmpfs defaults 0 0

On Sunday 02 November 2003 05:04 pm, Martin Wierich wrote:
> Hi guys,
> I want to use a PC to listen mp3-music. Therefore I have to buy a new
> harddisk.
> I use Linux and I want to turn off all harddisks while listening,
> because
> they are so noisy. My plan is to let some homegrown software regularly
> copy the music data
> from a harddisk to a ramdisk and to turn off the harddisk then. Then I
> would
> listen from the ramdisk.
> My questions:
> - is this possible?
> - how do I turn off a harddisk from software under Linux?
> - do I have to buy a special harddisk?
> - how does linux react on turning off all harddisks? Can
> I cut away any superfluous stuff like CRON and let Linux
> also run on a ramdisk? Or do I need some special embedded
> Linux distribution?
> - or is there a readymade solution?
> There are the following circumstances:
> - for religious reasons I only use _old_ hardware (64MB, 100Mhz)
> - I am planning to have a boot partition just for the sole
> purpose of listening to music
> - I want to keep this boot partition small: no X windows stuff,
> no network and so on. The system should start up very
> fast.
> - I have a SuSE Linux distribution on CD Rom. I only have a 56K
> modem. I don't want to download software for hours.
> Any help would be appreciated.
> cheers
> Martin

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